Instructor: Shadmani Amin

Dates: Thursdays, Oct. 13th to Dec. 1st

    (No classes Nov. 17th and 24th )

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Location: Hope Lutheran Church

Islam is the most misunderstood religion in the world. It is practiced by over 1.6 billion followers; almost every country in the world has some Muslims. Contrary to popular belief, only 20% of its adherents are Arabs. Indonesia is the largest Muslim country followed by India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. This course will focus on the following topics: the pillars of Islam, the Islamic concept of God, prophets, sources of Islamic teachings, Sharia law, Islam’s similarity with Christianity and Judaism, and similarities in their holy scriptures. We will also look at Muslim values, the diversity of Muslims around the world, and will debunk some of the false stereotypes about Islam and Muslims.

Class Format: lecture and discussion


Readings (optional): What Islam is All About by Yahiya Emerick

Instructor Bio: Shadmani Amin is a Lab Coordinator in the Department of Chemistry at MSU. She graduated from MSU with a master’s degree from the Dept. of Microbiology. She participates at the Interfaith Forum organized by the Congregation Beth Shalom. She has been running the Muslim Women’s Circle in Bozeman for many years.



Kathryn Earley 2When my husband and I were looking for our place to retire, one of the places we visited was Bozeman.  While we were here we went to the library, where I happened to pick up a Wonderlust brochure.  Here was university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects.  No homework, no exams, no papers, just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It was also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.  I was hooked! Over the past several years, I’ve come to feel strongly about supporting this valuable community resource for lifelong learning, and fortunately there’s a community of dedicated volunteers who feel the same way.

This past year was our first as Friends of MSU Wonderlust, whose mission is to support and promote MSU Wonderlust.  We’ve contributed funds to getting a new projector at Hope Lutheran Church, where many of our classes are held, and to Gallatin Community Radio, which broadcasts many of our Friday Forums.  We’re also sponsors of and taking part in Active Aging Week and the Prime Age 50+ Expo.

In January Friends will sponsor the MSU Wonderlust reception.  Join us at the Country Bookshelf on January 9, 5 pm – 7 pm, where you can meet instructors and other people interested in learning.  

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust